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Our Genealogy Helper for Arvin ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Arvin (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Arvin. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

A Few Details for Arvin ...

While it's still very early in our research, we have found that:

  • Arvin was established in 1907.
  • It was incorporated on December 21, 1960.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Arvin is located in Kern County.

To see how the shape of California's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kern County: Inyo, Kings, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare & Ventura.

Below are the counties that are near Arvin. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Arvin:

  • Kern County     (The home county of Arvin)
    • Weedpatch [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weedpatch
      • Weedpatch [Kern County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Arvin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weedpatch
    • Lamont [Kern County]
    • Fuller Acres [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fuller Acres
      • Fuller Acres [Kern County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Arvin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fuller Acres
    • Alameda [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alameda
      • Alameda [Kern County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Arvin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alameda
    • Edison [Kern County]
    • Bear Valley Springs [Kern County]
    • Bealville [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bealville
      • Bealville [Kern County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Arvin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bealville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bealville
    • Mettler [Kern County]
    • Pumpkin Center [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pumpkin Center
      • Pumpkin Center [Kern County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Arvin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pumpkin Center
    • Caliente [Kern County]
    • Kayandee [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kayandee
      • Kayandee [Kern County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Arvin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kayandee
    • Stallion Springs [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stallion Springs
      • Stallion Springs [Kern County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Arvin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stallion Springs
  • Los Angeles County

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Arvin, see our County-by-County Page for Arvin.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Arvin ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 149 newspapers that have been published in the area around Arvin.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Arvin. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Arvin and those printed in the larger area surrounding Arvin.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Arvin.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Arvin:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from California

Cemeteries Near Arvin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Arvin.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Arvin covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

While we didn't find Arvin in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Arvin.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Arvin, with the one closest to Arvin listed first.

  • Bealville [Kern County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bealville
    • Bealville [Kern County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Arvin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bealville had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bealville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bealville
  • Caliente [Kern County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caliente
    • Caliente [Kern County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Arvin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Caliente had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caliente
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Caliente<2>
  • Rowen [Kern County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rowen
    • Rowen [Kern County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Arvin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Rowen had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rowen have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rowen
  • Keene [Kern County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keene
    • Keene [Kern County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Arvin
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 42 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Keene had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keene
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keene<2>
  • Bakersfield [Kern County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bakersfield
    • Bakersfield [Kern County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Arvin
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,626 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 385,725 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bakersfield had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bakersfield
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bakersfield<2>
  • Girard [Kern County] - Historic
    • While Girard was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Girard
    • Girard [Kern County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Arvin
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Girard had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Girard. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
  • Continue List ...
    • Rosedale [Kern County] - Historic
      • While Rosedale was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rosedale
      • Rosedale [Kern County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Arvin
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Rosedale had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rosedale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tehachapi [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tehachapi
      • Tehachapi [Kern County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of Arvin
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 255 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,746 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Tehachapi had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tehachapi
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tehachapi<2>
    • Lerdo [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lerdo
      • Lerdo [Kern County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Arvin
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lerdo had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lerdo have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lerdo
    • Havilah [Kern County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Havilah
      • Havilah [Kern County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Arvin
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 43 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Havilah had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Havilah

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Arvin. See our List of 1890's Communities around Arvin.

Mentions & References for Arvin

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About Kern County

About California

The official website for Arvin: www.arvin.org/

The official website for Kern County: www.co.kern.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Arvin) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Arvin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ArvinOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arvin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.2018, Longitude: -118.8331    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>To help visualize the location of the cemetery, we've drawn a straight line between the communities of Lebec and Grapevine. The cemetery can be found near that line and roughly halfway between the two communities. Remember that this is just an approximate location.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Arvin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<7>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.




 

 

 

 

 


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